Mid-Summer 2016: In this issue

Everything you need to know about summer safety for your employees
Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions (WHSS) is the only MOL approved Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) certification training provider located in Kingston.  

As most workplaces with 20 or more workers must have a JHSC established, we regularly hold training sessions. At least one worker and one management representative of this committee must be certified, completing the prescribed training standards set by the Ministry of Labour (MOL).  

Part One  Basic Certification Training 
Part One B asic Certification training  provides an overall knowledge of the Health and Safety legislation that applies to most workplaces.  
Contact our office to register for the Basic Training Course.
Worker Killed By Truck, Company Fined $100,000
July 6, 2016

BRAMPTON, ON - Dream Party Decor of Mississauga pleaded guilty and has been fined $100,000 for the death of a temporary worker struck by a truck at a loading dock.

Electrical Worker Killed, Company Fined $110,000 in Death
June 10, 2016

WHITBY, ON - Enerquest Services Inc., a Kingsville-based company specializing in power generation, controls and energy systems, was found guilty and was fined $110,000 after a worker was electrocuted while working on a solar farm construction project in Sunderland.

Summer Safety Hazards

  Top four summer hazards for workers

Lyme disease: Blacklegged ticks can transmit Lyme disease to outdoor workers. In Ontario, they are found in wooded areas and tall grasslands in provincial and national parks along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Read more here.

Noxious plants: Poison ivy, giant hogweed and wild parsnip can cause painful skin reactions to outdoor workers. Read more on where these plants are found and how to avoid them here.

Heat stress:
Heat stress occurs in humid conditions and can lead to heat-related illness, disability and even death. Workplaces should establish a hot weather plan. Read more from the Ministry of Labour on the effects of heat stress and how to avoid it.

UV exposure: UV exposure from the sun can have extremely negative effects on the skin and eyes of outdoor workers; risks include the increased danger of skin cancer. To protect workers from the sun's UV radiation, avoid working in the sun, wear protective clothing and hats and apply sunscreen. Read more here.

Employment Standards Tip
What employers need to know about vacation time this summer

Under the ESA Act, employees who have worked more than 12 months are entitled to two weeks of vacation time.  
Contact Patti Conboy , our Employment Standards Consultant, for more information on vacation pay and vacation time entitlement this summer.

Onboarding Young Summer Workers
Did you hire summer students this year? Ensure you've completed the required onboarding

Onboarding, the process of bringing in new employees and properly orienting them, does not include just a quick tour of the facilities. It  should include a standard orientation program, mentorship and on-going training and learning. 

Young workers in a first summer job should be trained with special care, as they may be hesitant to ask questions, but are statistically most likely to be injured on the job. 

Find out more about the roles different workplace parties should play in onboarding young summer workers. 

Motor Vehicle Accidents
The number one cause of work related fatalities  in Ontario, with most occurring in the summer 

If you are an employer with workers out on the road this summer, ensure you have safe driving policies in place promoting responsible driving. 
Find more information on motor vehicle safety hazards here .

WHMIS Update
Amendment to the OH&S Act and WHMIS Regulation as of July 1, 2016

The amendments affect various requirements governing labels and safety data sheets for hazardous workplace chemicals.

The new requirements in the  OH&S Act  and the WHMIS Regulation   came into effect July 1, 2016. To give workplace parties time to adjust to the new requirements, there will be a transition period to gradually phase out the old requirements.

Read more on how your workplace must be in compliance here.

 Ministry of Labour Blitzes
Who can expect inspection blitzes this summer?

Upcoming Provincial/ Eastern Ontario Blitzes:
Date Sector Focus Program
April 1- Sept. 30, 2016 Construction Inspections of wood frame structures Health & Safety
May 16- July 15, 2016 Construction Falls Health & Safety
May 16- July 15, 2016 Industrial Falls Health & Safety
May 16-July 15, 2016 Mining Falls Health & Safety
July 18- Sept. 2, 2016 Industrial New and Young Workers Health & Safety

The MOL is currently conducting a three year health and safety initiative in the health care sector. The initiative includes the inspection of both clinical and non-clinical areas at health care facilities in Ontario until June 30, 2017

If you are in the health care sector, visit the MOL website for more information on the areas of focus.

Upcoming WHSS Courses
 Register your employees today

Course Date Time
JHSC Certification Part One
August 8, 9 & 10, 2016 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Working at Heights
July 21, 2016 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Working at Heights
August 25, 2016 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Working at Heights
September 1, 2016 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Working at Heights
September 15, 2016 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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- Wiebke Wilkens